Brad Pitt opens up about alcohol issues and not crying in 20 years

In a conversation with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Pitt opens up about difficulties with alcohol and emotion

In what can only be described as a fantastic onscreen year for Brad Pitt, the actor has spoken about a more difficult past in a candid conversation with a fellow actor.

For Interview Magazine, Brad Pitt spoke to Sir Anthony Hopkins and opened up about his past struggles – battling alcoholism, dealing with stifled emotions.

“I’m realising … that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else. You can’t have one without the other,” Pitt said. He says he drank “to escape” and went to Alcoholics Anonymous several years back, around the time of his divorce from Angelina Jolie in 2016.

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Pitt went on to stay truthful about his feelings – or lack thereof. “I am quite famously a not-crier,” he explained. “I hadn’t cried in, like, 20 years, and now I find myself, at this latter stage, much more moved — moved by my kids, moved by friends, moved by the news.”

“I’m human. We’re human, we want purpose, we want meaning in our lives. But to attain that, the key is two things: staying creative and being with the people you love.”

In terms of staying creative, Pitt’s name is likely to crop up more than once in the conversation around awards season. He starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as stuntman Cliff Both in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,  and also played astronaut Roy McBride in Ad Astra, directed by James Gray.

You can read the full conversation between Pitt and Hopkins in Interview Magazine – and look forward to an ever brighter future for both, as Hopkins has his own film coming out now too in the shape of The Two Popes.

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